BREAKING: Chicago State and Lance Irvin agree to mutually part ways

Chicago State University, a member of the Western Athletics Conference (WAC), and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Lance Irvin have mutually agreed to part ways it was announced today by Director of Athletics Elliot Charles.
The termination was without cause and the terms of Irvin’s contract will be honored.
“I want to thank Lance for his service to Chicago State and to our student-athletes over the past three seasons, including a very challenging 2020-2021,” said Charles. “He is a Chicago basketball icon and a great member of the community and we wish Lance all of the best in his future endeavors.”
Irvin was hired in August 2018 and led the Cougars to an overall record of 7-54, including 0-30 in WAC competition. The Cougars had a shortened 2020-2021 season due to the COVID pandemic.
“Our focus will be on our current student-athletes and their well-being,” added Charles. “While several of our men’s basketball players had already begun the transfer process prior to today, as is common in today’s college basketball world, we will support and re-recruit current student-athletes and assure our incoming recruits of our bright future.”
“Chicago State has a lot to offer as we begin a national search for a new head men’s basketball coach,” added Charles. “Our University is on the rise, our investment in athletics is growing, our passionate supporters are thirsty for success and we have an incredible city that we call home that is rich with basketball recruits and history. I am confident that we will identify and hire a tremendous new coach who will bring us success on the court and lead our young men off the court.”

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